Now You Know Big Book of Answers 2: A Collection of Classics with 150 Fascinating New Items

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Dundurn, Sep 2, 2008 - Reference - 504 pages
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Once again Doug Lennox, the toastmaster of trivia, serves up a mammoth selection of some of his most cherished Q&As culled from his previous books. Also featured in this wide-ranging compendium are 150 brand-new questions answered with Doug’s inimitable flair for unearthing intriguing arcana on everything from animals and the arts to superstitions and show business. Customs, conventions, expressions, everyday words, rituals, and traditions – Doug has dug deep to deliver the goods on a vast array of perplexing subjects.

  • Why is a warm autumn called "Indian summer"?
  • What is the origin of "nicknames"?
  • Why is a decorated parade vehicle called a "float"?
  • Why is the rubber around a car wheel called a "tire"?
  • Why are sailors known as "tars"?
  • Why is a bad dream called a "nightmare"?
  • Why are published periodicals called "magazines"?
 

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Contents

Preface
13
Words and Language
47
War and the Military
61
A Horse Is a Horse
87
The Human Condition
95
Celebrity SplitUps
127
Between the Lines of Nursery Rhymes Fairy Tales
149
Transportation
165
Games and Gambling
281
Police and Thieves
287
Murder Most Foul
295
Order in the Court
299
Food and Dining
315
Pop Culture
331
Time and Measure
345
America the Beautiful
351

Sailing on the High Seas
169
Holidays and Celebrations
183
Christmas
191
Religion and Superstition
201
Politics
211
Science and Technology
219
Fashion and Clothing
227
Medicine and Health
235
General Sports
247
Football Facts
257
Baseball
261
Hockey
269
Alcoholic Beverages
275
Oh Canada
361
Records and Statistics
373
Cities and Towns
381
New York New York
387
Whats in a Name?
393
Geography
399
Work and Career
405
Wicked Weather
411
Our Fine Feathered Friends
445
Fraud and Trickery
463
Question and Feature List
473
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About the author (2008)

Doug Lennox is an internationally acclaimed broadcaster, a veteran character actor, a commercial voice artist, and a bestselling author. He has appeared in more than 6 films and television features, including X-Men, Police Academy, Lonesome Dove, and Against the Ropes, and has shared screen time with Meg Ryan, Hugh Jackman, Burt Reynolds, Holly Hunter, Eric McCormack, Gary Oldman, and a myriad of others.

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